Confession: I never finish a bottle of shampoo. I also never finish a bottle of conditioner…or lotion…or night cream…or, let’s just say, most beauty products. One of my worst nightmares is running out of something I use in my daily beauty routine and I’m also a commitment-phobe when it comes to cosmetics: I don’t pick favorites, and I always think there’s something better out there.

Recently, I read an article by Gretchen Rubin in which she talks about finishers and openers. In short, finishers love completing things and using things to the last drop; while openers enjoy the pleasure of starting something new. Clearly, I’m an opener.

Reading Rubin’s article was the first time I really thought about my “opener” habit. My immediate reaction was: openers = bad, finishers = good, because I grew up with the mantra “finish what you start.” But upon further thought, I decided to embrace the happiness that my “opener” habit brings me: Yes, I probably spend more money than finishers on average by not finishing the bottle, but as long as my old, partially-filled bottles don’t pile up under the bathroom sink, never to be used again, I’m okay with it. Hey, it’s the little things in life, right?

How about you? Are you an opener or a finisher when it comes to beauty products?

How do you avoid letting the bottles pile up? Check back next week when I’ll post about strategies that have worked for me.


  1. Marcia at Organising Queen August 23, 2015 at 9:08 am

    I recently #Konmari’d my bathroom (post on my blog on Friday) and I tossed such a little because I make sure to mostly finish what I start. If I hate it, I donate immediately.

  2. Beth Zeigler August 23, 2015 at 9:20 am

    Will have to check out your post– I am similar- I have little make-up and finish what I start as well. #kindredspirits

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